Files can have the read-only attribute. To change the attribute however you
must have permissions to do so.
In general files created under C:\users\name\documents (note: not 'My
Documents') should inherit the permissions from c:\users\name and should
give you full control over those files, including permission to modify the
write only attribute.
When you try to change the attribute of a file and it doesn't work do you
get any error message?
You can check permissions on a file in question by right click, select
properties, then the security tab. Highlight your name.
The security properties should be grey checks and include 'full control'.
If not check to see who is the owner of the file by clicking 'advanced'
button, then owner tab, the 'current owner' should be you. If some other
owner then get back and perhaps there can be some more assistance. (It would
help to know the name of the file, and current owner)
Also check the ownership of the Documents folder.
"gshillitani" <gshillitani@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> Thanks for that information, Michael - what about the files within the
> folders that are marked read-only and won't let me change them? And some
> the folders refuse to let me create new folders in them - including my
> Documents folder.
> "Michael" wrote:
>> I don't know what your problem is with bird names, but you should not
>> up the wrong tree with respect to the 'read only' attribute of folders.
>> Folders are not read only (or not read only) note that the square is
>> in, not empty or checked. The attribute read-only does not apply to a
>> When you look at any folder it will have the read-only box filled in. The
>> contents (that is files) of a folder may of course be read only.
>> If you have a folder with the box checked (not just filled in) do get
>> and I will have to eat crow (would really like to know its path and
>> vista home premium
>> "gshillitani" <gshillitani@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> >I forgot to say, I am using Vista.
>> > "gshillitani" wrote:
>> >> I am logged in as administrator, and there are some folders and files
>> >> that
>> >> are marked read only all of a sudden. When I try to create new folders
>> >> in
>> >> some of these directories, nothing happens. Others are marked read
>> >> only
>> >> and
>> >> when I create new folders they are all bird names (pigeon, hawk,
>> >> turkey,
>> >> hen)
>> >> instead of being named "New Folder" as usual. I've searched for any
>> >> virus
>> >> information that lists those problems and have not been able to find
>> >> anything. When I try to change the folders from read only, it acts
>> >> like
>> >> it
>> >> has done it but when I click OK and then look at the properties again,
>> >> it
>> >> is
>> >> still marked read only. I hope this post makes sense. Its driving me
>> >> crazy!